Multi-award winning photographer Lola Akerstrom.

Lola Akinmade Åkerström: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Multi-Award Winning Travel Photographer: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

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Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I picked Lola as a Black Women in Europe Blog10th Anniversary Shero not only because of her enormous photography talent (my Swede was impressed with her camera when he observed it draped around her neck and resting on her baby bump several years ago) but because of her enormous body of work. She’s been to just about every corner of the world, seriously and has been published in everything from National Geographic to the BBC and took a selfie with Sweden’s Crown Princess before selfies were all the rage. I’ve written so many blog posts about Lola’s achievements that I can’t decide which award is the most impressive.  I know first hand how amazing Lola’s eyes are as she has made me look magical from behind the lens. And I’m touched this globe-trotting mother of two and trophy wife still wears the stylish girlfriend hat. All I had to do was ask (and follow up a couple of times) with the amazing Lola to create something to mark my anniversary and she did not let me down. Indeed she created something museum worthy and for that I will always be grateful.

I will treasure this expose Lola! Tusen tack.

In Photos: On redefining dreams in Europe

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Multi-award winning photographer Lola Akerstrom.

Words and photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

As a Nigerian-born, Sweden-based self-taught photographer, my dream as a child was to one day see my images grace the pages of National Geographic which opened the world of exploration to me during my childhood. My professional work has appeared in various publications such as National Geographic Traveller, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, and several in-flight magazines, and my photography is represented by National Geographic Creative.

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photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

My style is inspired by the conscious act of “listening”. I tend to isolate people or subjects and place almost all focus on them. I make traditionally “mundane” scenes more interesting through isolation. This is something I both consciously and subconsciously do. I observe interactions – how people are interacting with each other, with their environment, and how light interacts with them – to capture a sense of place. This is conscious. The subconscious comes from listening. Because I always try to listen to people and places, I tend to isolate individuals and visually listen to and elevate them. I listen to their verbal and nonverbal stories. I let them tell those stories themselves through my photography. And I strive to dignify them during the process of telling their own stories visually.

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photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

I’m always inspired by strong black women who are actively carving their own creative paths despite the challenges we collectively face and are building successful lives and careers for themselves in unconventional ways. Living in Sweden for a while now, I’ve been fortunate to meet so many resilient black women doing amazing things – from entrepreneurs in the beauty and baking fields to performing artists, photographers, filmmakers, fashion designers, authors, and many more. All redefining what it means to be successful by actively pursuing their dreams and passions.

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photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

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Meet all of our Anniversary Sheroes.

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DJ Candice McKenzie

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Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson

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Financial guru Ellen Kountz


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Francisca Payne

Francisca Payne says, “Be A Winner”.

~ Be A Winner ~ There Are Two Sides of Life

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Be A Winner is an inspirational and a motivational book, written to help you to understand the power of faith. In this book Francisca Payne shares a part of her own journey with the readers to show that a negative, painful and difficult past can be changed into a positive, successful and blissful life. Francisca Payne inspires everyone to look at life from a different perspective and become successful. Every chapter ends with an exercise to help the reader experience “immediately” what it means to take action in faith. This book is a “must read” for every woman, especially for Christian women!

Francisca 225x300 Francisca Payne says, Be A Winner.FRANCISCA PAYNE is an inspiration for almost every person who meets her. Her encouraging words bring light and hope in the hearts of those who face challenges, even the challenges which can be life changing!

Like no other she knows how frightening it can be when your life changes from one day to another.

The sudden death of her younger brother was the first challenge she had to deal with at the age of 10. Her life changed from a peaceful and secure life to a life of frustration, loneliness, anger, pain and sorrow. In her childhood and young adult life she had to deal with many addictions, such as soft drugs, sleeping pills,  sexual addiction and sexually explicit literature (pornography). These were the ways she coped with her challenges…….

Find out more about Francisca on her website.

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BWIE 10th Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10 Year Anniversary

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10 Year Anniversary

Wow, I can’t believe we have our 10 year anniversary in 2016. Sounds cliche but I remember launching the blog as if it were yesterday. But 1,827 posts, 15 awards, and 3 international speaking engagements later it truly does adds up to 10 years of passion.


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Logo created by Andy Collins

We have grown from blog to social network, to private groups, with Twitter list and You Tube channel, and as we’ve branched out to more platforms we continue to grow and learn new things always keeping in mind that the Black Women in Europe Blog was created to celebrate the lives of the ordinary and extraordinary black women  living in Europe.

We will celebrate all year with special contributions from sisters across Europe and the brothers that support us.

Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

One such brother is Andy Collins who created the Black Women in EuropeBlog logo several years ago and graciously created our anniversary logos. I first met Andy when he called me to ask what I thought about a website about him launching an urban website in Sweden. I was on Sweden’s west coast, he was on the east, easterly at least up in past Stockholm. We talked, we clicked, I encouraged, he laughed, I laughed, we talked some more and I remember thinking, wow: aren’t British dudes cool? But when I hung up the phone I marveled, with a grateful heart,  at the power of the Black Women in Europeblog to make connections. It was my vision come true. I not only wanted to “meet” black women in Europe who were doing amazing things, I wanted to meet other people in my community doing amazing things. And that’s what Andy is doing: amazing things! And he’s incredibly talented in graphic design and he’s a visionary too. He’s putting Soul Music on the map in Scandinavia. Or rather Scandinavian Soul Music on the world map.

Thanks for being a brother who supports black women in Europe, Andy! We love you back.

Here’s more about Andy:

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Logo by Andy Collins

I moved from London to Sweden in September 2005 with my native girlfriend hoping to lay some foundations for my children, to realise some hopes and dreams for a better life for ourselves too. After the initial disorientation that comes with emigrating I found myself a student again but this time learning about life. Not ordinary life but ‘urban life’, right in here in Sweden. I had to learn how to speak Swedish, read Swedish, shop in Swedish and convince other people that I could be ‘Swedish?’ (Being of Afro- Caribbean descent, that was no mean feat!).

It wasn’t long before I had yearnings for my previous life. There were things I missed from home, my heritage and I began to question ‘would I ever fit in here?’ I feared not least for myself but for children and the same unanswered questions they would face whilst growing up here. 

it was then that the concept and website ‘ – a website for the afro-swedish community’ was born. I turned to the best blog/website I could find for inspiration, which was Adrianne George’s Black Women In Europe (BWIE). It was literally the only website discussing and highlighting life for black people in Sweden!

Thanks to her advice and guidance the platform was born and I happily worked on creative projects with her. Times have changed for me since then. I now promote soul music in Scandinavia,, which also highlights the multi-cultural background that represent modern Scandinavia.

Meanwhile BWIE is still going strong and I’m simply delighted to help celebrate such a wonderful, positive blog driven by such a delightful and hard working woman.

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What’s Happening in Black British History III

29 October 2015, 10:30 – 18:00

Event Type: Workshop
Venue: The Chancellor’s Hall (Senate House, first floor)
Venue Details:
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

Convenors: Miranda Kaufmann and Michael Ohajuru


10.30-10.45 Registration: tea & coffee

10.45-11.30 Keynote address: Eric Huntley

11.30-1.00 Session One: Challenging the Conventional Narratives

Chair: Rovianne Matovu (Freelance Museum Educator)

Catherine Johnson (Author and Educationalist), ‘Looking at Our Past Through Fiction: Engaging Young Readers With Black British History’

Ryan Hanley (New College, Oxford), ‘A More Interesting Narrative: Moving beyond Equiano and Slavery in the study of Eighteenth-Century Black British Writing’

David Killingray (ICwS), ‘Black British history is happening – but to what end?’

1.00-2.00 Lunch

2.00-3.30 Session Two: Teaching Black British History

Chair: Kwaku (Black British Music)

Martin Spafford (Retired history teacher), ‘The new GCSE course on migration to Britain: Black British history on the official exam curriculum’

Dema Wonga (Narrative Eye), ‘Inclusive Curriculum: Learning to see the diversity of Britain’

Robin Whitburn (Institute of Education) and Abdul Mohamud (Institute of Education), Black British History: Justice and Political Action in the Classroom.

3.30-4.00 Tea/coffee

4.00-6.00 Session Three: New Perspectives on the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Chair: Miranda Kaufmann (Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

Ian Duffield (University of Edinburgh) ‘“Through a Glass Darkly?” Black Women in London, 1760-1860, as seen via the Old Bailey Sessions Papers trial reports online and related online newspaper reports.’

Jeffrey Green (Independent Historian), ‘The murderer, the servant, and Lady Mary Grey:
Victorian Africans and the historical record’

Jan Marsh (National Portrait Gallery), ‘Re-framing the Nation’

Advolly Richmond (Independent Researcher), ‘God and Coffee: The Forgotten Story of the Reverend Thomas Birch Freeman, Botanist’

6.00-6.30 Final Thoughts and Conclusions

Chair: Michael Ohajuru

Panel: Sean Creighton, Miranda Kaufmann, Abdul Mohamud, Paul Reid, Martin Spafford

6.30-7.30 Reception

There will be a registration fee of £20 (£5 for students/unwaged) to cover the costs of lunch and refreshments.

Registration is now open. To book a place please go to:

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Jade Avia, DJ & Radio personality in London

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Jade Avia Biography

Jade Avia is a young, beautiful, natural TV and Radio presenter. She currently co-hosts the Capital Xtra Breakfast Show with Kojo and presents her own Sunday evening show 16.00-20.00. Jade also hosts The Chart Show for Emirates in flight entertainment. Jade is very hands on and has recently produced and presented an online TV Show called LipGloss and Candy Floss.

Jade grew up in rural Gloucestershire where she attended an all-girls grammar school, but, always one to prove her independence, at the tender age of sixteen she made the decision to move out of her family home and begin her career in the media.

Jade regularly attended studio sessions and began recording songs which would eventually end up being played on local radio shows. After achieving her A-levels, she went to Birmingham City University where she graduated with a first class honours degree in Media and Communications, with a specialism in radio. Radio quickly began to take precedence in Jade’s life; as a student, she worked at multiple local stations and eventually ended up working for Word on Road TV.

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Attracted by the bigger and better media opportunities in the capital, Jade moved to London and started gaining huge popularity on her youtube debates, but continued to present the radio show she started as a student in Birmingham. Eventually Jade was head hunted by Capital Xtra bosses and now Jade is an exciting, ambitious new broadcaster who’s got a huge career in media ahead of her. She loves to travel, is passionate about music, culture and keeping fit!

Visit Jade’s website to learn more.

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Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century – May 15 event in Oxford

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Launched in January 2013, the Race and Resistance network brings together researchers in the history, literature, and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

We meet every Friday during term-time, with sessions taking a variety of formats, including lectures by invited speakers, short research presentations, seminars discussing pre-circulated texts from a range of disciplines, book launches, and film screenings.

All are welcome to attend.

The interdisciplinary research group ‘Race and Resistance across Borders in the Long Twentieth Century’ brings together researchers in the history, literature and culture of anti-racist movements in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and beyond.

Events will take place in the TORCH Seminar Room, 3rd Floor of the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford University (unless otherwise stated), and lunch will be provided at the lunchtime meetings.

Week 3: 15th May, 12.45 – 2pm:

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Book launch: Achebe and Friends at Umuahia: The Making of a Literary Elite by Terri Ochiagha.

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Angellica Bell

The One Show’s generalist reporter Angellica Bell

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Angellica Bell

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The One Show’s generalist reporter Angellica Bell has fronted a wide variety of topics for the programme.

Fact title Fact data
What would be the ONE meal you could not live without?
To start – Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli (homemade pasta is the best). For main – Sea Bass on celeriac puree and for dessert, a mean Eton Mess. Yum!
What would be the ONE thing you could not live without?
I couldn’t live without my family. My husband and my children mean the world to me.
What would be the ONE thing you would take to a desert island?
Sun cream first and foremost! I think I’d bring a book, something I could read so I wouldn’t go stir crazy
What ONE surprising fact do you have that our audience should know about you?
I used to be able to crochet. My grandmother taught me when I was little

Angellica grew up in West London and went on to study Politics at university. It was there she had her first taste of broadcasting getting involved with radio and presented a daily student breakfast show. Her career at the BBC started in 2000 as a presenter for Children’s and during her 6 and a half years there, was BAFTA nominated twice for Best Presenter.

I’m an inquisitive, fun loving, goal driven girl, who always tries to do the best she can in whatever situation she finds herself in.”
Angellica Bell

Having served 14 years at the BBC, Angellica has fronted a number of BBC1 primetime shows including Departure Lounge, Holiday Hit Squad and The Great British Village Show. She is one of the longest serving reporters on The One Show, having been chosen to be part of the team from the outset. Her intelligent, warm and engaging presenting style has meant she has reported up and down the country on subjects ranging from The Puffin Quiz Book, the 50th Anniversary of Bond where she was put through her paces performing her own stunts, The Bristol Bus Boycott which overturned a ban on ethnic minorities working on Bristol’s buses and visited Denny, the Scottish town that is the home of the red pillar box.

As well as continuing her work on The One Show, Angellica is also filming a new BBC primetime show which will be on your screens later in 2014.

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